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Year of current version:2009
Date of entry into force of original text:October 17, 1868
Date of Text (Adopted):March 12, 2009
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The Constitution of Luxembourg is the supreme law of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The modern Constitution was adopted on 17 October 1868. Whilst the constitution of 1868 marked a radical change in Luxembourg's constitutional settlement, it was technically an amendment of the original Constitution. That original Constitution was promulgated on 12 October 1841,came into effect on 1 January 1842, and was acutely amended on 20 March 1848, and again on 27 November 1856.
The Constitution (under general reform at the time of writing), organizes a flexible separation of powers between the Executive and the Parliament, with the Judiciary watching over proper execution of laws.
The Constitution does not contain provisions expressly related to the protection of Intellectual Property rights but article 16 thereof states: "No one may be deprived of his property except on grounds of public interest in cases and in the manner laid down by the law and in consideration of prior and just compensation", thereby recognizing the right to private property and compensation for use thereof.
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Constitution du Luxembourg Constitution du Luxembourg, Complete document (pdf) [545 KB]

WIPO Lex No.:LU052

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